Kathmandu: Australia has defeated India by 6 wickets to lift the ICC World Cup trophy at Narendra Modi Stadiumhardtoward on Sunday.
The victory of the Kangaroos came as a major disappointment for Indians who were praying hards for team India’s victory.
Soon after the victory, netizens expressed their disappointment Teamto team India. However, many of them showed support for the ‘Men in Blue’ and praised them for their game.
The heartbreaking defeat of team India left the star players of team India including Rohit Sharma in tears.
Mohammed Shami took the wicket of Australia’s successful batsman David Warner in his first over. Warner tried to play on Shami’s lud length ball, but the outside edge of the bat reached the hands of Virat Kohli at slip. He got out for just 7 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah took the wicket of Mitchell Marsh in the fifth over of the match. He was dismissed for 15 runs. In his next over, he caught Steve Smith LBW. Smith misses Bumrah’s slow cutter and the ball hits his pads. On India’s LBW appeal, the field umpire took the wicket. Smith did not take the review. While replays and ball tracking showed that the ball went off stump.
Australia, who came under pressure after losing 3 important wickets while scoring 47 runs, had to struggle a lot in the power play. But Head held the innings together with Labuschein.
Both of them formed the basis of victory by making an important partnership of 192 runs for the fourth wicket. He was dismissed after scoring 137 runs when only 2 runs were needed for victory.
Australia won after Maxwell took two runs in the first ball.
Head missed the opening game of the World Cup due to injury. He returned to the team free of injury and made a brilliant comeback by scoring a century in 59 balls against New Zealand. He played a role in keeping South Africa under pressure by taking two wickets in one over in the semi-final. He also became the man of the match in the final.
Team India’s Offensive start
When Australian captain Pat Cummins, who won the toss, invited India to bat, Rohit Sharma said that he would have chosen to bat even if he had won the toss.
He also gave India a good start. But in the second ball of the fifth over, Mitchell Starc caught Shubman Gill from Adam Zampa’s hand. Rohit’s aggressive batting was not stopped. He hit four fours in two overs of Jos Hazlewood and a six off Mitchell Starc. Starc hit three consecutive fours in the seventh over to take India’s score to 50.
He also hit Glenn Maxwell for a six and a four in the tenth over and wanted to hit a shot over long off on a good length ball. But Travis Head, who was at point, went back about 30 feet and took an excellent catch. He faced 31 balls and was dismissed for 47 runs.
The turning point
Australian captain Cummins guided Shreyas Iyer to the pavilion in the next over. After losing two wickets in a row, India came under pressure, the run rate got a break.
India’s Ashes relied on Virat Kohli and KL Rahul at the crease. In the 26th over, Virat completed his 72nd half-century in 56 balls.
But he shared 67 runs with KL Rahul for the fourth wicket and got out in the third ball of the 29th over. He scored 54 runs. Thousands of supporters in the stadium were shocked after Kohli’s play-on (bold) by Australian captain Cummins.
Then came Ravindra Jadeja, but he was also dismissed as India added 30 more runs. Although he scored runs at a slow pace at the other end, Rahul, who was playing steadily, completed his half-century. In the 42nd over, he was dismissed by Starc. He faced 107 balls and played an important innings of 66 runs.
Australia’s Starc took 3 wickets, Cummins and Hazlewood took 2 wickets each, while Maxwell and Adam Zampa got one wicket each.